Eduard Khrennikov and Tove Alexandersson were the winners of the 2017 SkiO Tour, which called to Switzerland and Austria 56 Elite athletes from 9 different countries. Erik Rost and Mariya Kechkina got the second position while Stanimir Belomazhev and Alena Trapeznikova were third placed.
After the holiday break, the Ski Orienteering season returned in Switzerland and Austria with the 2017 SkiO Tour. Scoring for the IOF Ski Orienteering World Ranking, the event took place from 7th to 14th January, attracting to the Rhaetian Alps many of the discipline's best experts, for six stages of great, demanding Ski Orienteering.
The two initial stages took place in Davos, with the Russian Mariya Kechkina and the Swedish Tove Alexandersson sharing triumphs in the Women Elite class. Then, the SkiO tribe moved up to Fideris, still on Swiss soil, for the next two stages. Alexandersson performed greatly, reaching her second win and getting the overall lead of the SkiO Tour in the end of the third stage. Alena Trapeznikova, from Russia, was the winner of the fourth stage, but Tove remained first placed in the overall standings. For the last two stages, the ski-orienteers crossed the border towards Sulzberg, in Austria. Here, Mariya Kechkina reached her second victory in the Tour, setting in eighteen seconds the disadvantage to Alexandersson.
Heavy snowfall in the 6th stage
The last stage would be decisive, but... there was a heavy snowfall and the organizers were forced to postpone the start for several times. When the start was finally given, the initial format (chasing start) had been changed into a mass start, the distance had been shortened and, in the end, the organizers decided do not count the 6th stage to the overall standings. So, Tove Alexandersson reached a tight overall win with 3:18:57, Mariya Kechkina being the second placed, just 18 seconds after Alexandersson. Alena Trapeznikova reached the third placed, finishing 2:40 after the winner. Just one word to the Swedish Magdalena Olsson, 2nd placed in the second stage, the only one out of the top three able to reach a place in the podium in one stage.
In the Men Elite, the Bulgarian Stanimir Belomazhev was unbeatable in the three first stages, always followed by the Russian Eduard Khrennikov, but in the fourth stage he wasn't able to reach better than the 5th place, losing a fifty five-second advantage overall and seeing Khrennikov getting the lead. In the fifth stage – that would be the last one -, the Swedish Erik Rost was stronger than anyone, reaching the second place overall, 2:07 after the winner, Eduard Khrennikov. Belomazhev finished in the third place overall with more 3:32 than the winner. Third placed in the third stage and second place in the fifth stage, Andrey Lamov finished fourth overall, 1:22 away from the podium.
1. Eduard Khrennikov (Russia Orienteering Federation) 3:22:30 (+ 00:00)
2. Erik Rost (Alfta Osa OK) 3:24:37 (+ 02:07)
3. Stanimir Belomazhev (Bulgarian Orienteering Federation) 3:26:02 (+ 03:32)
4. Andrey Lamov (IFK Mora OK) 3:27:24 (+ 04:54)
5. Martin Hammarberg (Sundsvalls OK) 3:28:30 (+ 06:00)
6. Andrey Grigoriev (Krasnoyarsk) 3:32:08 (+ 09:38)
7. Peter Arnesson (Bottnaryds IF) 3:34:04 (+ 11:34)
8. Sergey Gorlanov (Russia Orienteering Federation) 3:36:48 (+ 14:18)
9. Linus Rapp (IFK Mora OK) 3:39:48 (+ 17:18)
10. Mattis Jaama (Varska OK Peko) 3:45:35 (+ 23:05)
1. Tove Alexandersson (Alfta Osa OK) 3:18:57 (+ 00:00)
2. Mariya Kechkina (Russia Orienteering Federation) 3:19:15 (+ 00:18)
3. Alena Trapeznikova (Russia Orienteering Federation) 3:21:37 (+ 02:40)
4. Anastasiia Kravchenko (Khabarovsk krai) 3:30:28 (+ 11:31)
5. Tatyana Oborina (Russia Orienteering Federation) 3:30:37 (+ 11:40)
6. Antoniya Grigorova (Bulgarian Orienteering Federation) 3:47:29 (+ 28:32)
7. Emma Bergstroem (OK Vargen) 3:59:25 (+ 40:28)
8. Daisy Kudre (Varska OK Peko) 4:05:57 (+ 47:00)
9. Andreya Dyaksova (Bulgarian Orienteering Federation) 4:23:25 (+ 1:04:28)
10. Doris Kudre (Estonian Orienteering Federation) 4:32:05 (+ 1:13:08)
Full results and further information at http://www.skiotour.com/index.php/en/.
The Portuguese Orienteering Blog would like to thank you Andrey Lamov and Stanimir Belomazhev for their help to clarify the “cancellation” of the 6th stage.